Saturday, December 8, 2012

Books On Film | A Christmas Carol

How many of these actors have played Scrooge?
[Answer at bottom of the post]

1. Jim Carrey
2. Kelsey Grammer
3. Vanessa Williams
4. Tim Curry
5. Walter Matthau

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Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol is a Christmas classic. It was originally published in 1843. It's the story of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge's discovery of the meaning of Christmas with help from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

The book has been adapted into film many, many times. According to IMDB, there have been at least 140 film adaptations of A Christmas Carol. The first known adaptation was a short film called Scrooge made in 1901. In addition to the films, there have been multiple radio and stage performances of the book since the first CBS radio production premiered in 1934.

The most frequently watched version of A Christmas Carol is probably 1951 adaptation, starring Alastair Sim. It is frequently played on television during the Christmas season.

There have also been many kid-friendlier adaptions, including A Sesame Street Christmas Carol, Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure, and more. 

Answer: All of them!

Sources: IMDB/Wikipedia
Covers courtesy of LibraryThing 

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